Friday, September 19, 2014

Our Life's Purpose

In an earlier article, we talked about the Plan of Salvation. I will list what is contained in the Plan of Salvation for a brief recap:

First, we were in the premortal world where we, the sons and daughters of God, were an intelligence. We learned and chose to follow God's plan to obtain a body on Earth and to return to God through the choices we make from the free agency God gave us.

Second, we passed through a veil and were born on Earth. By passing through the veil, we forgot what we had learned in the premortal world and we are tested on Earth to choose once again if we will follow God's plan. We can accomplish this through the light of Christ God gave to each of His children, the Holy Ghost's confirmation of right and wrong, and faith.

Third, we die and pass through another veil into the spirit world. Here we continue to learn about God's gospel but without our physical bodies. We wait until the resurrection day and the judgment day within the spirit world.

After we are judged according to our works, we will be placed within one of the 3 glories: Celestial (being the highest degree of glory), Terrestrial (Second degree), and Telestial (The third and lowest degree).

To have the blessings given to God (or in other words, to become like God), we need to make it into the Celestial Kingdom.

We chose before we came down to earth, as spirit sons and daughters of our Heavenly Father, to gain a physical body on earth and to return to God. In other words, our life's purpose is to become like our Heavenly Father--a perfect and Celestial being.

In order to become like God, we need to know WHO God is. We can understand who our loving Heavenly Father is by reading the scriptures and praying to Him daily. We draw closer to God when we learn more about Him, but we cannot be in the presence of God when we are sinners. So by learning about God, we find God's attributes and laws. And then, we must apply these attributes and laws into our lives so we can become like God.

Some of God's attributes are found in 2 Peter 1:5-7. In verse 8 of those scriptures, it states "For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ."

So by obtaining God's attributes, we can know how to become like Him and begin striving to be like Him.

In the scriptures and from the words of His prophets, we learn commandments. An earlier article this month talked about how Gratitude was a commandment. When we are doing what the Lord commanded us to do, we find joy and happiness. When we are grateful, we find joy and happiness. God Himself is a being of joy and happiness. I know God has gratitude.

If we think of any of God's commandments, I have faith that He abides by all of them. Therefore, by learning all of God's commandments, we can know who God is and how He behaves. By keeping His commandments, we are becoming like Him.

So if our life's purpose is to become like God, then our life should fervently incorporate ALL of God's commandments and diligently obtain ALL of God's attributes.

What have you done to become more like God? What are some successful ways of following commandments that are hard to keep right now?

6 comments:

  1. When we obey God's commandments, we are becoming more like Him. What a sweet blessing! God wants us to succeed and return to Him. Some may think that commandments are restrictions, but really they are guidelines to become like God. When we understand that we understand the love of our Father in Heaven.

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  2. It is eternal "on the job" training, and we get paid in blessings. What could be better than that?

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  3. pettyannair@yahoo.comSeptember 20, 2014 at 10:10 AM

    Keeping the commandments help us to become like the Savior. No one on earth is perfect. He want us to understand his love for us. If we obey the commandments we will see him as he his . We are the children of our Heavenly Father.

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  4. In the three years that I've been married,  my focus has more intensely been on consistency in the little things, such as prayer, scripture study, family home evening, temple attendance, and so forth. As a result, obedience to the other commandments has required less effort.

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  5. I think what helps to keep the commandments that are hard is to make small, reasonable goals to get in the habit. For example, if reading scriptures is difficult to do regularly, then just start with a small goal like reading at least one verse every day. That is something that can easily be done and when you are in the habit of doing that regularly then you can increase your scripture reading time.

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  6. Learning to live commandments that are hard to keep is like putting them on God's alter and saying this is hard but I care more about You than doing what I want to do. In doing so, we show our devotion to God and he will bless us for it.

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